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A charm against fiends and goblins

1With butter, in his hall v4here fire is burning, perform that sacri-
   fice which quells the goblins.
  Burn from afar against the demons Agni! Afflict not in thy fury
   us who praise thee.
2Let Rudra break your necks, O ye Pisāchas, and split your ribs
   asunder, Yātudhānas!
  Your herb of universal power with Yama hath allied itself.
3Here, Mitra-Varuna! may we dwell safely: with splendour drive
   the greedy demons backward,
  Let them not find a surety or a refuge, but torn away go down
   to Death together.

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